Franciscan Moments @ Saint Miriam: February 05, 2019

The image I used today was a note sent from a dad to his son, who, if I remember correctly worked very hard to elect Secretary Clinton and obviously, he was feeling very down after the election of 2016.

Now, I really don’t care if you are a President Trump supporter or not, we must all agree that the vitriol and hatred and the animosity in this nation has risen during the last few years and that we can do better. We must do better.

I would hope and pray that if the tables had been turned, and the election results were different, that I would not be gloating or rubbing it in other people’s faces, but rather still remain the same person committed to the love, inclusion, and the safety of others. ALL others even the ones I may not always agree with.

While it is no secret and I am not a supporter of this Administration or its policies, especially around environmental protections, immigration, seekers of asylum, women’s issues and minority rights, I pray that during tonight’s State of the Union speech the President of all the United States – and of all of her citizens – will rise to the occasion and try to heal some of what has been so sorely broken. I pray it is not irreparable. 

However, no matter what occurs, perhaps we will all finally recognize it does not matter, because what does matter is who we are as a people, not who resides in any White House or Congress. It is rather what lies within each of us; the words that come out of our mouths, the way in which we choose to use Social Media platforms, and the actions – or inactions – we knowingly make or neglect.

So, maybe today we can all begin to do what this short and heartfelt note suggests? Do not gloat, be not so proud that you become conceited, recognize that we are all wrong from time to time, and that we are also all human and deserving of dignity, love, welcome, and respect; protect the marginalized and the vulnerable, welcome the hated and the downtrodden, be extra moral, inspire others, be a good person. As someone once said, build a longer table, not a taller wall, around our nation, around our homes, and most importantly, around out hearts.

St. Francis once said, “While you are proclaiming peace with your lips, be careful to have it even more fully in your heart.”  The world will get better, or the world will become worse, not by any single Administration, President, or even nation, but rather by the people of the earth and their willingness to be a good people.


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